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Westfield, NJ
County Officials to Pursue Funds for Lake Restoration

Union County Freeholder Vice Chairman Daniel P. Sullivan announced recently that Union County would aggressively seek state funding for lake restoration projects in Union County.

STUDYING THE SITUATION…Union County Freeholder Vice Chairman Daniel P. Sullivan is pictured viewing the need for dredging at Nomahegan Park, part of the Union County Parks system.

According to Mr. Sullivan, New Jersey has allocated $5 million for funding under the Dredging and Bond Act of 1996. "The potential for Union County to seek funding for dredging sediments out of our lakes as part of the restoration is especially attractive," he said.

Mr. Sullivan noted that under a Department of Environmental Protection funding plan, the point allocation funding plan would favor public facilities in a large county such as Union. "It is clear that restoration of certain parks where sediments build is important. The improvement of the recreational aspects of the lakes is an ideal way to enhance property values," he said.

Mr. Sullivan noted that funding would be available for the two upcoming fiscal years in New Jersey. He added, "The DEP proposal in July had an early August deadline for public comment. It appears to be on a fast track."

The Freeholder Vice Chairman stated, "The remarkable transformation from dredge sediments to construction fill and capping has worked successfully in terms of the ocean dredge projects. It appears that the same use of sediment from the dredged lakes can become beneficial fill for use on brownfields remediation. We have the opportunity for a virtual win-win situation in Union County."

Among the sites identified for possible lake restoration work are upper and lower sections of Echo Lake in Mountainside; Nomahegan Lake in Cranford; Warinanco Park in Elizabeth; Rahway River Park in Rahway and Meisel Pond in Springfield.

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